Investigators credit conceal-carry permit for saving man’s life

GRANITE CITY, IL (KPLR) - Investigators say a man with a conceal carry permit was able to defend himself against armed robbers. Police believe his weapon helped save his life

"I was nervous. You don't know where the bullets are flying. You hear this everyday. People just sitting on the porch and shot and killed, just from the wild fire," said resident Tom Chapin.

Some Granite City residents are still in shock after police say a man sitting in his car in the 2500 block of Revere's Route Early Friday morning was approached by an armed robber.

The victim was dropping off a friend after work when the suspect attempted to rob him. He was able to defend himself by firing his concealed weapon at the robber. Detectives say the victim's action saved his life.

The suspect was stopped in his tracks. The suspect is now hospitalized.

Officials haven't said what charges the suspect may be facing. The conceal carry permit holder is not currently facing charges.

Police say they are just glad no one else was injured. The investigation is ongoing.